Are we uploading JPG images for the Portfolio assignment too? Can I leave my prints in OE184?

1. Are we uploading jpgs of the printed portfolio? I read the assignment shelf several times and don’t see the requirement yet it has an “upload” button. (I could’ve missed this given my circumstances).

2. Is it possible to leave the portfolio at the photo lab by noon Monday after the Sunday it is due? (I’d get a few more hours to improve prints in the lab ūüėČ

1. Yes, please upload 1080p high at 72 PPI JPGs for the Portfolio assignment. ¬†I know students like to see each others’ final work and this is how I can get the images to create a slideshow to display them.

2. If you can, please leave the prints in my mailbox in the Admin building – just across the quad towards the kiosk as you come onto East Campus. ¬†While Erin and AJ are great at accepting work, it is too much to ask them to do this. ¬†Our department has 17 classes this term and seven instructors. ¬†Giving work to them is just too risky. ¬†If it gets misplaced and I don’t see it, the result is zero points for 25% of your grade.

Thanks for asking these questions!

I am having a hard time with the lighting assignment…

I’m having a hard time with the this week’s lighting assignment. One thing is I’m having a hard time finding someone available to pose for me. Another thing is I don’t have any photographic lighting equipment and can’t really afford that. I went to Kmart and spent $32 on a work light and some bulbs and an extension cord. And I can probably return some of these.

But even when I try getting the light to fall correctly on my own face looking in the bathroom mirror, some things are okay, but others aren’t really coming up. I’ll do the best I can, if I can get a model that is. Any thoughts? Alternative assignment possibility? Thanks, Say!

As you are aware, this assignment works best when you have a model.  Many people are more readily willing to model if they know that it is for a school project.  When asking people,  you may want to mention this.

We have lights at SBCC you could use in the studios so that there would be no cost to purchasing lights.  Otherwise, desk lamps can work too.  If you are there with other students, you might be able to trade modeling with another student so you both can get the work in.  I know it is the weekend and the studios are closed, but you may want to use the assignment loophole of getting me some work in so that you have the opportunity to resubmit by the end of the week for a potentially higher grade.

As you need to learn how to light a person with traditional lighting techniques, there really is no substitute assignment.

I am sending away to have my 8 x 10’s printed (snapfish). Is there anything special I should know?

I am sending away to have my 8 x 10’s printed (snapfish). ¬†Is there anything special I should know?


Yes, thanks for asking.  You are suppose to print your prints yourself on a desktop printer. I let students know that they would need a printer for this class in both my orientation notes I sent out before class started and it is listed in the syllabus. I know that we cover quite a bit of information in this class, so it is easy to miss something, but please print out your prints yourself. This will take time, but you will learn a lot by doing it.

How do I photograph lightning?

I was trying to take pics of the lightening the other night. I put my camera on the highest ISO (like 6000 or something) and tried to open up my f stops and aperture as far as it could go and all I got was black sky. How come?

My guess is that you did not have your shutter open when the flash of lightning was blasting.

Here is a web page that tells you how to photograph lightning.

It is best to go to a darker area, put your camera on a tripod, put your camera on bulb (B – found in your shutter speed settings or on the dial that you use to set your camera to M for manual), and just leave you shutter open till you get a lightning strike.

As lightning is so bright, you are going to want to bring your ISO back down to 100 or 200.

From here, you can play around with your aperture opening. If you are photographing with city lights in the background, you may want to close it down a bit as you do not know how long your shutter will be open.

Lastly, be safe. Lightning is beautiful, but is also dangerous. Don’t get too close. After all, the metal tripod is an attractor to lightning.

Please tell me a bit more about your other classes.

Register early (NOW) for FALL classes in order to protect your choices.  You can always cancel later.

109 Students should strongly consider taking PHOT 180 (on campus or online) as this course teaches exhibition quality enhancements and print quality as well as many intermediate to advance special effects and techniques. REQUIRED FOR AA DEGREE (33 units) and PHOTO DESIGN I and PHOTO DESIGN II SKILLS COMPETENCY AWARDS (16 units ea).

2. PHOT 209_Photo II – (on campus or online) Advance your lighting control in ambient conditions and studio lighting assignments. REQUIRED FOR AA DEGREE (33 units) and PHOTO DESIGN I and PHOTO DESIGN II SKILLS COMPETENCY AWARDS (16 units ea).

3. PHOT 150_Stock Photography (1 unit / Spring ONLY). REQUIRED FOR PHOTO DESIGN SKILLS COMPETENCY AWARD (16 units).

4. PHOT 281_Digital Darkroom II – this is BRAND NEW and is an ideal choice for students who have taken PHOT 180_Digital Darkroom or PHOT 285_Color Management and/or have Intermediate Photoshop skills. It will be a VERY creative course covering all the new Natural Media Brushes to create digital art resembling oil, watercolors, pastels from original creations or enhancing existing photographs. Animation skills and timeline editing will be explored creatively as well.

5. PHOT 260_Portfolio Р(on campus or online) excellent for expanding a body of work into a cohesive professional Photo Portfolio. REQUIRED FOR AA DEGREE (33 units) and PHOTO DESIGN I and PHOTO DESIGN II SKILLS COMPETENCY AWARD (16 units ea) and our new ADVANCED PHOTO DESIGN SKILLS COMPETENCY AWARD (15 units). 

6. PHOT 190_PhotoJournalism (Fall ONLY). OPTIONAL FOR PHOTO and JOURNALISM AA DEGREES (33 units).

7. PHOT 280_Advanced Lighting Techniques (Spring ONLY). OPTIONAL FOR AA DEGREE (33 units) and REQUIRED for ADVANCED PHOTO DESIGN SKILLS COMPETENCY AWARD (15 units).

8. PHOT 285_Color Management (Spring ONLY – on campus or online). It is highly recommended that you take PHOT 180_Digital Darkroom BEFORE taking PHOT 285_Color Management. REQUIRED FOR AA DEGREE (33 units) and ADVANCED PHOTO DESIGN SKILLS COMPETENCY AWARD (15 units).

9. PHOT 250_Fine Art Photography (online summer, fall/spring) which is a creativity building class and is REQUIRED FOR AA DEGREE (33 units) and PHOTO DESIGN I and PHOTO DESIGN II SKILLS COMPETENCY AWARDS (16 units ea).

is there any way to warm up a black and white image?

another question, sorry to keep asking them.. is there any way to warm up a black and white image? I feel like it is too blue and would like to get something different. not necessarily sepia but more warm greys? do I sound like a crazy person or is this possible?

Please do not be shy about asking questions.  I am here to help you.

Please keep asking, but know that you are not to turn in any black and white images in your printed Portfolio.

Yes, there are ways warm up black and white images, but not go sepia.  The process you are looking for is split toning.  If you look it up on Google, you can easily find pages like this that will give you directions on how to pull it off in the program  you are editing in.

I was curious why they won’t let us print black and white images.

I was curious why they won’t let us print black and white images.

We need to know that you know how to control your colors.  It is part of the requirement for the class from the State.

Also, good black and white prints need good black and white printers.  This means you have one black and at least three colors of gray ink to print from.   Many printers that students have access to do not print black and white well.  They shift colors (as the printer is trying to make shades of gray using the colors it has) and the mid-toned grays do not print well.  Blacks look good, the white of the paper looks good, but the grays in between are not where they should be.

Should the portfolio, as far as this assignment is concerned, have a theme and how do I get the larger file sizes to school for printing?

A couple of questions: it IS okay to change out any of the images for the portfolio, right? I’m not sure I like the flow of the images I’ve submitted, as a body of work. Should the portfolio, as far as this assignment is concerned, have a theme, or is it best to have a body of work that shows a wide variety of imagery and styles? (I guess my question is: what criteria should we consider if we want to do our best to create a great “body of work” for this assignment?).

Printing: what’s the best method for bringing our images to the photo lab to print? Laptop? Thumb drive? CD? What works best/what do students usually do?


Is it OK to change out your images in the Portfolio assignment. I want you to turn in work that you feel represents your work this term.

As a general rule, portfolios tend to be of a body of work. A theme or an thread that it runs along. For beginning photography students, I do not require this though. As one starts, photography is often a matter of trying new ideas and experimenting with processes. If you know you want show one theme, go for it, but if you are experimenting with different ideas then I want to encourage you to do this too. When it comes down to it, I want to see your best work you have done this term.

As for getting images to the lab, thumb drives and CDs work well.

You also have access to SBCC’s Xythos server.

  • When you log into Pipeline, click on the “File Sharing” tab and then the link that shows on that page.
  • This will bring you to Xythos.
  • From there you can upload large files to the school’s server.
  • When you get to school to print you will then log into Pipeline > File Sharing > Xythos again and download the files to the computer you are on for printing.

If you have access to another cloud server, you can do this too. I believe some students that use Gmail have been able to email some of their large images to themselves one email at a time as it will accept 25 megabyte files.

Hope this is helpful,